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Teach in South Korea Basics

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Information for term Teach in South Korea Basics

Application deadline, and cost information.

Application Deadline

February 1, 2022

Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Program Fee: $1,350
  • Compensation: 2,100,000-2,400,000 won (approx. $1,850-2,100)/month plus housing


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Connect to CIEE’s excellent support, preparation, and placement opportunities, just without the included TEFL course. We work with both private and public institutions throughout South Korea, giving you endless opportunities to travel and explore!

Program Highlights

  • High salaries let entry-level teachers save money or travel
  • Rent-free studio apartment
  • Schools buy or reimburse a one-way flight for you
  • No experience necessary

No teaching credentials? Check out Teach in South Korea, which adds an online TEFL certification course to your program.

Term Start Date Deadline Duration Compensation
Spring 2 Semesters 2022 February August 10 for EPIK public schools September 1 for private schools 12 months 2,100,000-2,400,000 won (approx. $1,700-1,900)/month plus housing
Fall 2 Semesters 2022

(private only)*

August/September January 1

(private only)*

12 months 2,100,000-2,400,000 won (approx. $1,700-1,900)/month plus housing

*Please note: EPIK's Fall 2020 and Fall 2021 hiring seasons were extremely competitive, and very few CIEE candidates were successfully placed with EPIK. As a result, we are not offering EPIK placement assistance for Fall 2022. However, EPIK's Spring seasons remain much less competitive and much more successful, and we will continue to offer EPIK placement assistance as an option for Spring terms.

About Our Program Fees

CIEE, a non-profit organization, relies on program fees to provide South Korea Basics participants with placement assistance, international insurance, orientation, and support before and after arrival. The program fee of $1,350 is paid in two installments:

  • $500 commitment deposit due after acceptance
  • Remaining balance due when you receive your placement

CIEE alumni receive a 10% discount!

COVID-19 Vaccination Requirement

CIEE is requiring all participants to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 before traveling on programs. Read more ›

What's Included

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What's Included

  • Job placement
  • Pre-departure assistance – including visa assistance
  • One year of iNext international insurance with 24-hour emergency assistance services
  • Support and advice from CIEE representatives in Korea
  • Mid-year networking weekend in Seoul
  • Contract completion bonus equal to one month's salary

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The Destination

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Participants are placed in cities and suburban areas throughout South Korea. Teaching assignments are available in the Seoul metropolitan area, but they are often more competitive and are not always available to inexperienced teachers.

Many teachers are placed in the following cities:

  • Busan, the country’s second-largest city, draws many international conventions and foreign visitors.
  • Ulsan, on the south-eastern coast, is an industrial powerhouse with the energy of a robust economy.
  • Daegu enjoys a subtropical climate ideal for producing high-quality apples, thus its nickname, "Apple City.” It is also a notable center for Korean fashion.
  • Daejeon, in the center of the country, has 18 universities and is a center of advanced technology.
  • Gwangju is another large, culturally rich city in the south of the country.
  • The greater Seoul area is one of the largest metropolitan disctricts in the world and includes the nearby cities of Bucheon, Incheon, Suwon City, Gunpo, and Namyangju.
  • Each year, we have other interesting locations not included on this list!

The Take-Aways

  • Compensation

    Rent-free housing with basic amenities, competitive salary, airfare, South Korean-national medical insurance benefits.

  • Preparation

    Detailed pre-departure guides on topics like phones, cultural differences and advice from former teachers, plus an orientation and networking weekend in Seoul.

  • Assistance

    Pre-departure guidance, international medical insurance and 24-hour worldwide assistance with CIEE iNext, in-country support from resident staff members.

Job Description

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Job Description

With CIEE in South Korea, you have the opportunity to teach English in a society that's eager to learn the language. It’s a culture where academic achievement is highly valued, and you’re sure to encounter enthusiastic students!

First-year teachers in South Korea will generally work with young children, but you'll be surprised by how advanced they are! If you’re excited to be a language and cultural ambassador for South Korea’s youngest learners, you’re sure to succeed.

CIEE places English teachers at two types of schools in South Korea: Public and Private. Most Korean students attend both types of schools to help them meet high expectations for educational achievement.

Read on to learn more and find out which type is the best fit for you! If you’re not sure which one is right for you, don’t worry. You won’t need to decide before applying and we’re happy to talk through the differences with you.

Compensation & Benefits

Regardless of the type of school where you are placed, the Teach in Korea program offers an outstanding package when it comes to salary and benefits.

You will earn at least 2,100,000-2,400,000 won (approx. $1,850-2,100)/month and receive rent-free housing from your school. You’ll have a small deduction each month for Korean taxes, but you’ll be enrolled in Korea’s National Health Insurance which delivers excellent care at very low prices. There’s also a contract completion bonus equal to one month’s salary at the end of your program.

These high wages will let you save large amounts of money each month instead of spending it on rent and transportation!

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    EPIK Public Schools

    CIEE is proud to partner with the EPIK public school program sponsored by the Korean government. EPIK offers 12 month contracts starting either in late February or late August each year.

    Teachers at public schools work side-by-side with a Korean co-teacher most of the time, although they still have full responsibility for the class. They normally have 20-25 teaching hours each week, not counting prep time, meetings or free periods at their school. A typical contract offers 20-25 vacation days per year on a fixed schedule. Class sizes are usually 20-30 students.

    If you’re planning to apply to public schools, there are additional application materials you’ll need to prepare. Submit your CIEE Teach Abroad application as soon as you can to give yourself plenty of time, and be sure to discuss EPIK’s instructions for letters with your recommenders. 

    EPIK assigns candidates to a province or metro area before departure. Specific school assignments within those areas are not made until the end of the in-country orientation. EPIK will give teachers a settlement allowance of 1.3 million won in the first 1-3 months that helps cover airfare.

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    Private Schools

    Private schools offer more control over location. You can let us know your preferences and we will do our best to meet them, however the more flexible you are the more schools available. Most teachers contracts start in July, August, September, or February, but a few positions are available outside of those peak months.

    These schools often have schedules in the afternoon or evening, to allow students to attend classes after they finish their public school day. This means that teachers can work from 9-6 or 1-9 or 2-10.

    Participants at private schools are lead teachers with full responsibility for their classes. They have a heavier workload: 30 classroom teaching hours each week, not counting prep time, meetings or other obligations like lunch supervision. A typical contract offers 10-15 vacation days per year on a fixed schedule. Class sizes are smaller than public schools, usually 8-15 students.

    Private schools are more flexible about eligibility requirements than public schools; they may accept applications from candidates with substantial teaching experience even if they don’t have TEFL or an education degree.

What People are Saying

  • CIEE makes it incredibly easy to navigate the various steps in the application process. Additionally the constant access to the placement team is extremely helpful.

    Kerry H. | Teach in South Korea
  • It's a great program that makes for a "no fuss" adventure. The tutor and the coordinators are so helpful. I love this company.

    Manuel Y. | Teach in South Korea
  • Very helpful in finding what school would best fit my needs and very reachable.

    Ethan T. | Teach in South Korea
  • CIEE made the application process easy and offered assistance in finding a placement in Korea. As well, the inservice help has been prompt and helped to connect me with other teachers in Korea.

    Glenn F. | Teach in South Korea
  • The assistance from CIEE was vital to my success! I had no problems from CIEE and I would recommend the program to any friend interested in teaching abroad.

    Jessica R. | Teach in South Korea


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You don’t need to speak Korean to apply! You'll need a bachelor’s degree in any field, along with a few other qualifications. These, plus a sense of adventure and a real desire to cross cultural boundaries and engage with people eager to learn English, make you a great candidate.


  • Native English speaker
  • A bachelor’s degree in any field, from a university in one of the countries listed below
  • Citizenship in the United States, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, Ireland, or the United Kingdom
  • A commitment to 12 months of employment
  • TEFL certification is required for public schools and strongly recommended for private schools
  • Applications must be 52 years of age or younger in order to receive a work visa

To make your application stronger, highlight additional qualifications, such as:

  • Experience studying, working, or volunteering abroad
  • A degree in English or education
  • Experience instructing children

TEFL Certification

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TEFL Certification

Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) certification gives you the skills, experience, and confidence to make teaching abroad even more rewarding – both for you and those you teach. The CIEE TEFL 150-hour certification course can easily be added on to your program to ensure that you:

  • Develop an awareness of the field and practices of TEFL
  • Understand the components of English related to teaching nonnative speakers
  • Get personalized feedback from an experienced TEFL tutor
  • Can design lessons for TEFL students at a variety of levels
  • Complete 20 hours of practice teaching experience to hone your skills

Discover the benefit of including a TEFL Course with your teach abroad program.

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